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FICTION/HORROR from Wicker Park Press

Poe’s Lighthouse
All-New Collaborations with EDGAR ALLAN POE Edited by Christopher Conlon
Welcome to Poe’s Lighthouse. All new stories by legendary author Edgar Allan Poe, the first in 162 years! Impossible, you say? Think again! Admittedly, Mr. Poe is in no position to be writing much these days – which is why in this anthology he is getting a little help from his friends. Friends like Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Carole Nelson Douglas, John Shirley, and Mike Resnick; some two dozen in all. These writers were given a task: take a little-known, unfinished story fragment that Poe wrote near the end of his life and turn it into a complete story—in any way they wished. The only rule was to use Poe’s language, his images, his ideas—the stories had to truly work together with the master. Today’s best authors, joining forces with Edgar Allan Poe himself! A posthumous collection for the ages collected here in this extraordinary anthology, the first time in paperback.

ISBN 978-1-936679-03-4 Paperback $18.95 330 pages 6x9 Fiction (Horror) October 2011

“Must reading for Poe enthusiasts, in particular.” – Booklist “{A} superb collection … this is a well-written homage as the light shines on Poe evermore.” – Harriet Klausner, Books ‘n’ Bytes “This anthology is a commendable example of literary entertainment, a quality product that Poe himself would approve of.” – Mario Guslandi, The New Review And here is the complete Poe text, published for the first time sixty odd years ago, as compiled by Thomas O. Mabbott, editor of The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (3 volumes, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 1969, 1978):
Jan. 1—1796. This day—my first on the light-house—I make this entry in my Diary, as agreed on with De Grät. As regularly as I can keep the journal, I will— but there is no telling what may happen to a man all alone as I am—I may get sick, or worse . . . . . So far well! The cutter had a narrow escape—but why dwell on that, since I am here, all safe? My spirits are beginning to revive already, at the mere thought of being—for once in my life at least—thoroughly alone; for, of course, Neptune, large as he is, is not to be taken into consideration as “society” Would to . Heaven I had ever found in “society” one half as much faith as in this poor dog: —in such case I and “society” might never have parted—even for the year. . .What most surprises me, is the difficulty De Grät had in getting me the appointment— and I a noble of the realm! It could not be that the Consistory had any doubt of my ability to manage the light. One man had attended it before now—and got on quite as well as the three that are usually put in. The duty is a mere nothing; and the printed instructions are as plain as possible. It never would have done to let Orndoff accompany me. I never should have made any way with my book as long as he was within reach of me, with his intolerable gossip—not to mention that everlasting mëerschaum. Besides, I wish to be alone. . . . . .It is strange that I never observed, until this moment, how dreary a sound that word has—“alone”! I could


half fancy there was some peculiarity in the echo of these cylindrical walls—but oh, no!—this is all nonsense. I do believe I am going to get nervous about my insulation. That will never do. I have not forgotten De Grät’s prophecy. Now for a scramble to the lantern and a good look around to “see what I can see” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . To see what I can see indeed!—not very much. The swell is subsiding a little, I think—but the cutter will have a rough passage home, nevertheless. She will hardly get within sight of the Norland before noon to-morrow—and yet it can hardly be more than 190 or 200 miles. Jan. 2. I have passed this day in a species of ecstasy that I find impossible to describe. My passion for solitude could scarcely have been more thoroughly gratified. I do not say satisfied; for I believe I should never be satiated with such delight as I have experienced to-day. . . . . . . . . The wind lulled about day-break, and by the afternoon the sea had gone down materially. . . . Nothing to be seen, with the telescope even, but ocean and sky, with an occasional gull. Jan. 3. A dead calm all day. Towards evening, the sea looked very much like glass. A few sea-weeds came in sight; but besides them absolutely nothing all day—not even the slightest speck of cloud. . . . . . . .Occupied myself in exploring the light-house. . . .It is a very lofty one—as I find to my cost when I have to ascend its interminable stairs—not quite 160 feet, I should say, from the low-water mark to the top of the lantern. From the bottom inside the shaft, however, the distance to the summit is 180 feet at least: —thus the floor is 20 feet below the surface of the sea, even at low-tide. . . . . .It seems to me that the hollow interior at the bottom should have been filled in with solid masonry. Undoubtedly the whole would have been thus rendered more safe: —but what am I thinking about? A structure such as this is safe enough under any circumstances. I should feel myself secure in it during the fiercest hurricane that ever raged—and yet I have heard seamen say occasionally, with a wind at South-West, the sea has been known to run higher here than any where with the single exception of the Western opening of the Straits of Magellan. No mere sea, though, could accomplish anything with this solid iron-riveted wall— which, at 50 feet from high-water mark, is four feet thick, if one inch . . . . . . . . The basis on which the structure rests seems to me to be chalk . . . . . . Jan. 4.

The fragment ends here. Editor Christopher Conlon is best known as the editor of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Richard Matheson tribute anthology, He Is Legend. He has written two novels, including the Stoker Award finalist Midnight on Mourn Street, and several collections of stories and poems. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit him at his official website, http://christopherconlon.com.

From the Cover: Poe Rendering by J.M. Demetrius, copyright 2011

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Inside the Whale
A Novel in Verse by Joseph G. Peterson
“Joseph G. Peterson’s Inside the Whale is a part tall tale, part tragedy, part symbolist epic … captured in Peterson’s beautiful coda to this boisterous yarn. From first word to last, this is a book infused with spirit, heart and awe." —Gregory Lawless, author of I Thought I Was New Here Chicago’s own Joe Peterson is back with a strikingly original novel that is at once both mythic and fanciful. It is a narrative poem that recounts the life of Irishman Jim O’Connor, a tragic figure who was born with a preternatural gift for poetry, that brought him early fame, but he is also an alcoholic who had his first blackout drunk at 12 years of age. The stanzas of the novel recount Jim’s tragic exploits as he leaves a wake of dark destruction in his midst. The ghost of his ex-girlfriend Anne, killed in a car crash on a slick, snowy road with Jim driving after an acute drinking binge, haunts Jim to the end of his days. And in a seedy tavern on Chicago’s south-side he writes an ode to her: would it surprise you flaxen anne if i said you sing to me a siren call i hear you singing like the muse today we’re starting out but who knows where this will take us will it take us across the decades or will it merely take us across town to a motel perhaps or perhaps to another bar Inside the Whale is a novel that, in the spirit of Beowulf, imagines a bardic drone chanting the mnemonics of rhythm and rhyme to entertain, lyre in hand, a group of ruffians gathered around a keg of beer and the red-hot coals of a dying fire. JOSEPH G. PETERSON is the author of Beautiful Piece, a critically acclaimed novel. His new novel, Wanted: Elevator Man, will be published by Switchgrass Books in Fall 2011. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children, where he works for a large academic publisher.

ISBN 978-1-936679-010 Paperback $16 225 pages 5x8 Fiction/Poetry September 2011

The Book of Raymond
A Journey from Prison to Praise and Poetry by Raymond Richard
Raymond Richard tells it like it is in a powerful collection of poems that are electrifying, terrifying, and awe-inspiring. Richard has been to the big house, lived in poverty on the streets of Chicago, and took to crime and drugs to survive. Here is poetry that literally crackles off the page. Richard is the real deal. He has put his life back together against almost insurmountable odds. He’s back to tell his story in poems that are honest, heart-breaking, violent, and tender. This book is a thoroughly unique look at how religious experience can transform lives for the better. ISBN 978-0-9789676-7-3 Paperback / $15.95 68 pages / 5 ½ x 8 ½ Poetry/Religion Now Available RAYMOND RICHARD lives in Chicago and he has devoted his life to helping men and women put their lives back together after incarceration. He founded Returning Citizens, a nonprofit organization that empowers former prisoners through job training, literature, and the power of the spoken word.

Broadsides: Poets & Painters
Over 70 Limited Edition Letterpress Prints The Poetry Center of Chicago

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The Broadside, an art form dating back to the 17th century, was printed as a political statement or opinion to be distributed to citizenry. The original meaning, a barrage of cannon fire launched by one ship to another, eventually led to the connotation to “let loose”—or write a strongly worded opinion, the most famous of which were the Dunlap Broadsides, the first published copies of The Declaration of Independence. This tradition led to writing poems from the oral tradition of the ballad. Today’s broadsides are printed on letterpress, illustrated by the artist, and signed and numbered by both the poet and the artist. Some of the poets in The Poetry Center collection: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Mark Strand, Billy Collins, Louise Gluck, Lisel Mueller, Ted Kooser, Kay Ryan, Natalie Merchant, and Billy Corgan Some of the artists in The Poetry Center collection: Ed Paschke, Tony Fitzpatrick, Laura Letinsky, Marcos Raya, and Stanley Tigerman For pricing and subscription information on individual broadsides, contact 3iBooks at www.3iBooks.com, or contact a sales representation group in your area.

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The Girl Who Applied Everywhere
by John Binder
“An interesting glance at the contemporary high school experience” — Brendan Lee, English teacher, Oak Park-River Forest High School Applying to college is a rite of passage experienced by thousands of high school students every year. For Sarah Jennings, a senior at fictional Oak Stream High School in suburban Chicago who wants to attend a top university, the task is a daunting one. She comes up with the highly unorthodox idea of applying to 101 colleges around the country, including her safety school, University of Illinois. Readers will find themselves rooting for Sarah and her two friends, Carrie Wilson and Rob Taylor, as she struggles to submit all her applications by the end of December deadline. The pressure of getting into a prestigious school can be incredibly intense in a suburban environment. Worried about his own chances, Rob decides on a new, bizarre strategy. Embracing his Native American heritage, he changes his name from Rob Taylor to Running Elk Taylor; he then reapplies to the schools he has already applied to by submitting identical materials while listing his ethnicity as Native American. Rob ends up getting into many colleges that might have otherwise rejected him. Meanwhile, Carrie, Sarah’s other friend, contends with undue pressure from her mother who went to MIT and sees her going there as a fulfillment of a multigenerational legacy. There is no question in her mother’s mind where she will go, but Carrie has other ideas. In the strange world of college admissions it becomes clear that acceptance decisions are based on all kinds of things beyond the applicant’s academic ability. Because she is famous due to media coverage of her application odyssey, Sarah gets admitted by most of the schools she applied to. Then comes the really hard part—where to go? And herein lies the moral to this spirited and entertaining novel. John Binder is a faculty member and former administrator at University of Illinois at Chicago. His previous book, The Chicago Outfit, deals with rackets other than higher education. He wrote this book partly to help put his children through college.

ISBN 978-0-9789676 Hardcover $24.95 234 pages 5½x8½ Fiction September 2011

Nonna’s Book of Mysteries
“I loved Nonna’s Book of Mysteries! It’s a wonder of a book—exciting, mysterious, and wise … I can’t wait for another from Mary Osborne.” — Karen Cushman, Newbery Award winner, author of The Midwife’s Apprentice ISBN 978-1-936181-16-2 Paperback / $16.95 352 pages 5½x8½ Young Adult Fiction Ages 14 and up Mary Osborne is a registered nurse, educator, and teen advocate. A graduate of Knox College and Rush University, she is the author of the forthcoming prequel, Alchemy’s Daughter. She lives in Chicago. Visit Mary’s online alchemy lab at www.mysticfiction.com

Food with Attitude
Cooking the Cuban-Rican Way By Chef Papi Pérez
An Open Letter to Michelle Obama Dear First Lady Obama, I would like to take a moment of your time to announce the upcoming release of my first book, Food with Attitude: Cooking the Cuban-Rican Way, which goes hand-in-hand with your cause against childhood obesity, and Beyoncé’s “Let’s Move” program. I believe the essential ingredients for creating healthy eating habits in children are family and sharing meals. Dining with family is a key factor in building lasting relationships of love and trust. I want to bring our people back to the table; it can have an irreplaceably positive influence on the lives of children everywhere. This cookbook is my first effort to bring American families around the dining table in a harmonious and healthy way. Food with Attitude takes the notion that healthy food has to be bland and turns it on its head with Cuban-Rican cooking, a fusion of two distinct Caribbean styles that combine for an explosion of exotic spices and flavors. In this vibrant and imaginative cookbook I share my secrets as a craftsman in the kitchen, and experiences passed down from my ancestral home. Readers will learn how to turn ordinary dishes into gourmet meals the whole family will love, with zesty appetizers, savory side dishes, aromatic salads, hearty main courses, and delectable desserts. Recipes delve into classics such as sazon papas, Cajun hummus, vegan arroz con gandules, award-winning Angel sweet potato pie, and the inimitable Havana Hot Plate, a creative comida of steak, garlicky yucca, and red beans and rice. This cookbook has a delicacy for every kind of palate and creed, from mac n’cheese to wheatgrass spicy rum cake, grilled vegetables to the Pérez original peanut-butter-and-jelly smoothie, a favorite of my six children. I have an extensive culinary background and want to do my part to help communities across the country. In writing Food with Attitude, I push toward a movement of healthier eating and stronger families, to combat the dangers of obesity. I can’t save the world singlehandedly, but I can at least make a sound difference for the better and improve diets with the support of yourself and readers everywhere. Much Love, Chef Papi Pérez


ISBN 978-1-936679-00-3 Cloth $27.95 200 pages 7½x9¼ Cooking August 2011

CHEF PAPI PÉREZ bears the distinction of being one of the only certified Kosher chefs in Chicago. He has been an award-winning pie maker, menu consultant, and innovator in the kitchen for the past 25 years. Having personally cooked for a large percentage of President Obama’s White House staff, Chef Pérez is considered a world authority on Caribbean cooking.


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Beyond the Pews
Breaking with Tradition and Letting Go of Religious Lockdown by Jillian Maas Backman
“Jillian Maas Backman is an extraordinary teacher. For years she has been guiding her clients along a path of self-discovery to peace and understanding. Now her astounding book, Beyond the Pews is destined to transform countless more lives.” —Susan Murphy Milano, author of Time’s Up, Defending Our Lives, and Moving Out, Moving On. Beyond the Pews follows the fascinating life story of a woman who heard angelic communications and received soulful insights from a world rarely visible to the naked eye. As a child in the church of her minister father, the author saw “angels lingering in every space… Tall ones, short ones, chubby ones…” and “colors encircling people.” Transparent colors in “every hue of the rainbow poured out” before her eyes. After years of processing these faith-based sensory perceptions, she discovered the soul’s natural intuitive language.

ISBN 978-1-936181-34-6 Paperback $15.95 226 pages 5½x8½ Religion/Spirituality June 2011

Award-winning radio personality and Intuitive Life Coach Jillian Maas Backman offers valuable ways for you to connect with your spiritual intuition. Interactive sections offer soul lessons to help you understand your own faith experiences and natural intuitive talents. Explore ways to “Chart your Divine Energy Rhythm,” find the difference in “Art of Doing versus the Art of Being,” and learn how to analyze colors seen. This extraordinary book guides you to a deeper awareness of God’s constant loving presence in our lives, to a “rebirth from a religious dogmatic cocoon into an active awakened etheric butterfly.”

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by Gene Logsdon
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